Equinor gains consent to use West Phoenix rig for North Sea drilling

Norwegian oil major Equinor has received consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for exploration drilling in the North Sea using the West Phoenix rig.

The West Phoenix drilling rig. (Photo: Seadrill)

The well, named 16/1-30 S, is located in production license 167 in the North Sea where Equinor is the operator. Equinor holds 60 percent ownership interest while partners Lundin and Spirit Energy hold 20 percent each.

The PSA said on Thursday that the consent applied to the drilling of the exploration well with an option to drill sidetrack 16/1-30 A.

Announcing its consent for the well, the offshore safety body added that the drilling would last 82 days, including a potential sidetrack and testing, in a water depth of 113 meters.

The well is to be drilled by West Phoenix, a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Moss Maritim CS50 type, operated by Seadrill.

West Phoenix was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) by the PSA in June 2008.


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